Betsy's News (and More!) Newsletter
September 17, 2015
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Hello everyone!  Thank you all so much for joining me as I set out on my latest adventure--writing a monthly newsletter.  I appreciate you taking an interest in my writing, and in the little town of Hardy Falls, nestled deep in the heart of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Speaking of Hardy Falls, every month I'll be sharing an excerpt or two from The Hardy Falls Gazette, an online newspaper run by Mathilda Gregory, the town librarian and a woman who is more than happy to express her opinion.  Whether you want it or not.

Legend has it that in 2013, the last newspaper near Hardy Falls closed its doors, leaving the town without local news coverage. Ms.Gregory, a staunch believer in the citizenry's right to know what's going on, decided that this simply would not do.  She visited the head of the journalism department at the local university, and he said he would give his students credit for helping her. Thus, The Hardy Falls Gazette was born.

When I first started wandering around the town, searching for my stories, Ms. Gregory was suspicious. I thought it only appropriate that the first Hardy Falls Gazette excerpt should be her "On The Town" column from that time - the first one where she mentions me.  The first, but not the last.

I hope you enjoy it! 

Please don't forget to join me on my I talk to the voices in my head on a somewhat weekly basis and struggle down the road towards successful independent publishing. 

If you want to find out more about Hardy Falls, check out Handling It, the first book in my "Welcome To Hardy Falls" series, available wherever books are sold.  If you want to contact me, feel free to email me at:


On The Town


Beware of Author!

by Mathilda Gregory, Editor-in-Chief
March 15, 2014

Although the tourists we all love to hate are not quite so thick upon the Hardy Falls ground at this time of year as they are in the fall, you may have noticed there is one particular woman haunting the town.  In fact, one finds it difficult to escape her.

She has purchased books at the bookstore, bowled very badly at Murphy Lanes, and eaten at The Country Time Bar and Grill.  All the while, she has smiled, talked to people, and asked questions. I assume she is trying to make friends with members of the community--or at least give the appearance of making friends.  Albert Cromwell has described her as "charming." I beg to differ.  Albert, I am sad to say, is easily charmed.

When I confronted other regulars at the Country Time about this woman, they informed me they spoke to her only because they assumed she was a reporter working on this newspaper.  She is not.  I don't know how they could have made such a mistake as she is far from college-aged.

After Hildy Bennett pointed her out to me and told me just what she has been doing, I contacted Chief Kline to see if there was a way we could protect our privacy.  It turns out the chief had already spoken to this person.  Her name is Betsy Horvath and she is, reportedly, a writer.

Moreover, it seems she has been stalking the residents of Hardy Falls as part of her research for a series of "romance novels" she claims to be writing.

Yes, you heard me correctly.  Romance novels.  Honestly, if a writer is going to make a pest of themselves around this town, couldn't they at least write real literature?  Couldn't we inspire a Thoreau, a Faulkner, a Delillo,or a Proulx instead of this...person?  

Please note that I do not call Ms. Horvath a "hack", as I am informed this might be viewed as litigious.

Chief Kline says there's nothing to be done to force her to leave, and the merchants are happy with the money she's been spending, so this column is intended as a caution.  Beware of the author!  I know gossip is second nature to Hardy Falls, but use your heads, people.  You never know what might turn up in her books.

Assuming she writes any books at all.  Only time will tell.

Copyright © 2015 Betsy Horvath, All rights reserved.

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